Land Bill: Modi to sound out regional parties to checkmate Congress, Left
Except the Left and the Congress, managers in the government have been directed to approach and convince other members from regional parties in the Opposition, said a source in the government.
A high-level strategy meet on this issue, had a clear directive from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ministers in the government that the “Land Bill must be passed in this session itself,” said the source. High-level sources in the government told Millennium Post that the government strategy was focused on “reaching out to the regional parties, which are opposing the Bill. We are in talks with these regional party heads to bring a consensus and accommodate their suggestions. We are holding talks with them as issues in every single state are different.”
“All regional parties, except the Left and the Congress from the Opposition, have been approached by representatives from the government , who are in talks with them to get this Bill passed,” said the source.
Senior leaders in the government said that Modi has been very categorical that he wants the Bill passed in this session itself. The strategy is focused on convincing the Opposition members to come on board and help in the passage of the Bill. With the Congress and other Opposition members upping the ante on the government after the Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh committed suicide at the AAP rally in Jantar Mantar, the Modi government is in no mood to back off.
A strategy meet on the issue, clearly gave the PM’s directive to reach out to regional parties in the Opposition and listen to their side of the story. “The task ahead of us is to bring these regional parties on board. The Congress is simply trying to gain political mileage out of this issue. We are in fact in talks with some of their leaders as well. But even within their own party they are a divided lot,” said a source in the government. Party biggies have been told to step up the pace and make sure the Bill is passed.